The ladies baseball team of the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Canada (ranked 4) today. In the previous three games vs Canada, the Dutch ladies lost with double digits (2010: 12-1, 2012: 2-19 and 2014: 11-0) In all three meetings the mercy rule was called and the Dutch ladies did not get past the fifth inning). This time it would be different.
Canada took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dutch pitcher Loes Asmus served up a 1-0 offering to Kelsey Lalor, who hit the ball away for a single to left center field on which Nicole Luchanski could score the opening run.
But in the following two innings Asmus kept the Canadian lineup in check and the Dutch even scored the game tying run in the top of the fourth. Isabelle Markies hit a lead of single and advanced to second on a ground out and a single hit by Famke Gildemacher. Gildemacher was thrown out at second as she tried to steal the base but Isabelle Markies could score the tying run on the throw.
But Canada’s answer in the bottom of the fourth was clear. The North Americans scored three runs and three more in the fourth. But this would be all that the Canadian ladies could do. So for the first time in the history of the Women’s World Cup, the Dutch ladies played the full seven innings vs Canada.
Sure it was a loss, but the Dutch could leave the field with their heads high.
Canadian pitcher Amanda Asay, a six time World Cup veteran, earned the win in a complete game outing. She allowed one run on four hits, walked one and fanned eight.
Loes Asmus took the loss. In 3.1 innings she had a bit of control issues as she walked six. But she struck out two and gave up four runs on four hits.
Ciska Welboren pitched 1.1 inning in relief for the Dutch. She gave up three runs on four hits and walked just one. Thari Dieffenbach pitched a stellar performance during the final 1.1 innings. She gave up only one hit and walked two.
Famke Gildenmacher was the best hitter for the Dutch. She went 2 for 3. Isabelle Markies went 1 for 3 and scored the sole run for the Dutch ladies. Bianca Mooi was the other lady with a base hit. She went 1 for 3 as well.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands will now play in the consolation round vs the United States of America, Cuba, Hong Kong and Pakistan.